Drought Management Strategies
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Whether in the form of pasture, stored forage, or supplements, feed is the largest variable input cost in cow-calf operations. A big challenge is to feed the cow in a way that meets her current and future nutritional requirements for overall maintenance, lactation, maintaining a successful pregnancy, giving birth and getting rebred within 80-85 days of calving as cost effectively as possible. This challenge is obviously much greater during drought, when feed is scarce and expensive.
Timely information on weather and climate relevant to the agricultural sector in Canada is available at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Drought Watch webpage. A helpful list of resources is available that can help you and your herd get through the drought.